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Small Improvements. Big Savings Potential

A four-step approach to reducing material costs in Defence


While organisations in other industries have adopted innovative approaches to cut material costs — with effective results — a variety of internal and external challenges have prevented Defence organisations and companies from following suit. These types of challenges have forced many organisations to continue to make fragmented, ad hoc purchases that rob them of their buying power and undermine their efficiency.

When it comes to improving procurement practices, there is no silver bullet. An acceptable level of effectiveness can be achieved only through a series of small improvements. The good news is that we have seen these small improvements — when pursued as a co-ordinated efforts — reduce an organisation’s total procurement cost by as much as 15 percent. For a large organisation, this reduction can amount to hundreds of millions in annual savings. Written by Deloitte Consulting LLP in the US,"Small improvements.Big savings potential." provides a four-step approach to reducing material costs in the Australian defence industry.

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